Officers crack down on people attending protests

Officers overseeing last weekend’s protest, continue to warn people against attending any future events as we seek to hand out further fines. 
 
Following a planned protest in Birmingham last weekend (16 January), nine people were arrested, with eight of them being issued fixed penalty notices for their participation and a 20-year-old man has been released on police bail following his arrest.
 
We are continuing to investigate the events on the weekend, and with an estimated 150 attendees, CCTV and body worn video is being reviewed as we crack down on people flouting Covid restrictions. 
 
Chief Superintendent Kim Madill, who oversaw the event, said: “We issued a warning prior to the event, urging people not to attend and advising that we would not hesitate to ask people to leave or issue fines, and many people chose to ignore it. 
 
"Although we may not have arrested or spoken to you on the day, we are still trying to identify people who participated in the event so we can issue a fixed penalty notice for breaching the current restrictions.
 
"Attending a protest is not considered an exception to leaving your house and is unlawful and therefore we want this to be a stark warning to anyone thinking of planning or attending a future protest or event.
 
“The current infection rate is significantly high and we all need to play our part by staying at home, protecting each other and saving the NHS.”
 
We again seek to remind members of the public of the current Government lockdown restrictions, which are in force throughout England, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home 

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